What do Bankers and Bakers have in common?

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….. A Financier!! 😀 .. Ok, ok so that was lame but couldn’t resist! Coming back to baking, I only just discovered the Financier dessert yesterday as I was browsing through different recipes .. so those of you who are unfamiliar with the term as well a Financier is actually a small moist French sponge cake with almond used as the main ingredient. Just one look at the recipe and I knew I would be baking this today as once again it is a simple no-fuss no-machine recipe with very few ingredients used, yet a divine result! The key to making it right, is caramelising the butter properly so make sure you don’t rush through that part of the recipe. As a Financier is best served hot, so plan and bake according to when you would like to serve it … the entire assembling and baking can easily be done within an hour which is hardly any time! 🙂

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Ingredients:
Unsalted Butter (at room temperature): 113 grams
Icing Sugar: 90 grams (3/4 cups)
All Purpose Flour: 30 grams (1/4 cup)
Almond Powder: 55 grams or 1/2 cup
Almond Essence: 1/2 tsp
Egg Whites: 3

Method:
Pre-heat your oven to 200 degrees Celsius. Butter your tart moulds with caramelised butter (read below).
In a saucepan, melt the unsalted butter until it caramelises by turning brown. It will initially be very foamy. Continue to cook until it the foam clears and the spluttering sounds become less. Swirl the saucepan occasionally. Allow the caramelised butter to cool at room temperature. 1/3 cup of the caramelised butter will be used in the batter. Whereas the remaining will be used to grease the tart moulds.

In a dry bowl, sift and mix all the ingredients i.e all purpose flour, Almond Powder and Icing sugar.

In another bowl, mix together all the wet ingredients i.e Egg Whites, Almond Essence and 1/3 cup of cooled caramelised butter.
Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients bowl. Fold with the help of a spatula until all the ingredients are well-combined.
Pour equal amounts of batter into your tart moulds making sure they reach the rim.
Bake the Financiers in your pre-heated oven at 200 degrees Celsius until the edges turn brown and a skewer inserted in the centre of the cake comes out clean.
All the Financiers to cool completely on a wire rack before removing from the tart mould.

Congratulations! You’re Financiers are ready to be served! 🙂

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